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Goheen, Samuel Fremont (1855-1930) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Goheen, Samuel Fremont (1855-1930)
Variant Name: Goheen, S.F.

Historical Note:

Samuel Fremont Goheen, the first mayor of Manhattan, Kansas, was born in Goheenville, Pennsylvania, on May 2nd 1855, and died in Manhattan, Kansas on December 8th 1930.  He was the son of George W. & Elizabeth (Holler) Goheen, grandson of James Madison and Sarah (Delp) Goheen.  He married Barbara Ellen Jack, daughter of Michael and Sarah (McKinney) Jack, in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on December 14th 1876.  Barbara was born in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on October 2nd, 1854 and died in Manhattan, Kansas on September 5th, 1933.

Goheen was a graduate of Dayton Academy (Dayton, Pennsylvania).  He took his family west in 1883 and settled on a farm in Riley County, Kansas.  He was active in church and community affairs, serving first as township assessor, then as county treasurer (1907-1911), and then as the first mayor of Manhattan from 1912-1919.  Upon his election to mayoral office, he moved to Manhattan proper.  He also served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church for thirty years.

As mayor, Goheen was primarily concerned with the modernization of Manhattan.  Some of the important issues during his two terms of office included residential lighting, jitney ordinance revision, sanitation practices, and the city-owned plant.


Connelley, William E. A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, vol. 4. Chicago, Illinois: Lewis Publishing Company, 1918. (p. 1804)

Riley County Genealogical Society.  Pioneers of the Bluestem Prairie.  Manhattan, Kansas: Riley County Genealogical Society, 1976.  (pp. 336-337)

Note Author: Patrick C. Dittamo

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